Hi, my name is Ting Ting.
婷 (ting) means "grace", therefore; 婷婷 (tingting) is "GraceGrace".
The one semester adventures of a NYU student studying abroad in Shanghai, China.
School starts tomorrow here in New York City, and as posts flood the #nyu tag I can’t help thinking that at this moment, there is a whole class of people that have just arrived in Berlin, who are living in the same building we were and taking the U-Bahn to Eberswalder Strasse and only just…
It really goes to show that no matter where you are, you leave a piece of yourself there. I totally understand where you’re coming from Cathy. I miss walking along the Bund and feeling your face sting from the cold. I miss the bao people who hand you $0.50 pork buns right before you board the bus that takes you to campus.
I really don’t think we can ever stop missing places like those. Rather, we take what we’ve experience there and make it part of our everyday lives and let it help us be just a little less homesick. Eventually, one day, we’ll make our way back to all the places we call home.
It would be like Tumblr to make me have feels when discussing possible internship options with them. Do I Communications Intern (even though I have little to now experience in PR —- but I am a Communications and Media major!) or do I Community Intern (which fits my current skill set better, but I’m not 100% sure because the JD is so vague. I am Tumblr obsessed though).
WHICH SEAT TO I TAAAAAKE???
Dear Tumblr Staff/Potential future employer… if you see this…
(I also broke some rule of Tumblr where I gave out all my URLs to you, dont judge)you should give me some advice… or you know… just take away all my doubt and let me be your intern.
P.S. in my circle of friends… being able to say “oh hai I intern for tumblr” is like saying “oh hai chuck norris and i shook hands and i can still feel my fingers”.
P.P.S. I also think you should take this post as proof of how Tumblr-ccentric I am. I stopped writing my cover letter to write a post on Tumblr about Tumblr.
WELL I DID IT. I SUBMITTED. I applied to Tumblr. ITS GONE. I CAN’T UNDO IT NAO. ;A;
p.s. I used the phrase “tumblr-ccentric” in my cover letter.
WHAT AM I DOING?
In Chinese there isn’t a word for “goodbye”, at least not a word that instills as much finality as its western peer. In Chinese there is 再见 (zài jiàn) which literally translates to “meet again”.
Today is my last full day in Shanghai. Tomorrow, I’ll take my last footsteps in Shanghai in the same place that received my first eager steps. My adventure has come full circle in a way. It’s been a whirlwind four months and I wouldn’t change a bit of it. Looking back, I still have a hard time believing I was actual studying abroad. I’ve discovered that you can call a place you’ve never been “foreign” for years, but it only takes a couple of months to call that same “home” once you’ve been there. After four months, I can comfortable call Shanghai “home.” I won’t forget that I can haggle with the pedestrian street harkers, or that I can navigate my way through this city by bus, subway, and taxi without a problem.
Coming from a background that is both Chinese and American at the same time, I can say that these four months taught me a lot in learning how to walk the distinct, yet indistinguishable path between the two cultures. So, while I’ll be back home in New York, I’ll come back to my second home in China.
So… this isn’t a goodbye, but rather a 再见. Until we meet again Shanghai…
Finals are right around the corner (NEXT WEEK!!!). Which means that I only have about a week or so left in Shanghai. Time to take advantage of little time I have left. Consider this a Shanghai “bucket” list of sorts:
I feel like this list will be never ending, but that just means more of a reason to come back right?
Yesterday, a friend of mine let me tag along with her during one of her photo taking quests for her photography class. Where she led me was somewhere I would not have ever thought to visit under regular circumstances.
The area she took me was an area full of dilapidated houses amongst rubble with an ironic background of the modern Shanghai cityscape.
Thanks for reading my blog! I’m glad you enjoy it. ^^
As for your questions…
All the NYU classes are situated on the second floor of the ECNU Science building. So, when you’re on campus you don’t really need to travel any farther than a couple of steps for your classes. Of course, that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the ECNU campus during your free time.
I live off campus and the off campus apartments are about a 30 minute commute from the ECNU campus (this includes walking to and from the bus stop and abot 5-10 minutes waiting for the bus. the actual bus ride takes about 15 minutes). In the mornings, NYU provides two free shuttle buses to the ECNU campus for morning classes, one at 8:30AM and the other at 10AM. However, you are responsible for providing your own transportation back. There are three public trans buses that all go to stops near the off campus apts. All the bus stops are right outside the gates of ECNU. It’s only 2 stops from ECNU to off campus. Commuting between off campus and on campus isn’t really that bad at all. Plus the off campus dorms are near the Line 2 subways which makes it really easy to explore the city. From my knowledge, a lot of us studying abroad prefer staying off campus because it gives a little more of the “in the city” feel (not to mention maid service). Personally, I really enjoy living off campus. There are a lot of restaurants and malls surrounding the area making it really easy to access everything. Not to mention, when else are you going to get a chance to live an in apartment in Shanghai?
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions! Congratulations on coming to Shanghai and have fun!!
A Little Spontaneity
The weeks are quickly winding down. It’s hard to believe that in about three weeks from now, this long adventure is actually coming to an end. As such, we grabbed a little of the carpe diem (or #yolo/ #yosao) in the world and decided to make some changes to ourselves.
A couple hours later at Salon ABC (near the off campus dorms) we were sporting some new cuts, colors, and styles. If anything, we can say we’re going to back to New York City looking good.
After spending several months together, its not hard to realize that a lot of us in Shanghai have some hidden talents tucked away. Luckily, the NYU Shanghai Variety Show let us show off a few of those skills. We had everything from fourth month erhu and guzheng veterans to poetry recitations, and some really amazing dancers.
Good job to all the performers! You guys did wonderful and it was a lot of fun to watch.
(P.S. sorry for the bad pictures. the combo of awkward stage lighting and iPhone pictures doesn’t exactly make for a good combo).
After spending several months in China, it’s hard not to flavor our English with some Chinese phrases. It’s not that there is no English equivalent to the phrase we use, but rather it’s just more fun to use the Chinese instead.
打包 (dǎbāo): to package or ask for a doggie bag at a restaurant.
-usually used while ordering when you want the food to go
-used in “Chinglish” to let your friends know you’re getting food to go
EX: Are you 打包ing? or Wait! Let me 打包 (dǎbāo) this.